A lot of people like to shit on M Night Shyamalans’s films but I think he gets very tough press. Sure, his films operate under weird conceits, but people spend too much time thinking about the conceit and not enough time thinking about the result of living in a world where that conceit is reality.
Specifically, “The Happening” was widely shat upon for its depiction of a world where nature got sick of humanity and plants begin to emit a neurotoxin that makes people commit suicide.
Ho Ho. Killer trees!
But to me that film was almost relentlessly nauseating for its depiction of a reality where nobody could trust their brains. The source of the contagion is ultimately unimportant, but the idea of a suicide epidemic is something I don’t think I’ll ever get over.
But, hey, I liked “Signs”, too.
While many of his films have a moment (or sometimes even an entire concept) that forces the viewer to utter “Oh, come ON,” I think the central themes are strong.
As for feedback specific to “The Happening”, I think it’s incongruous, if not disingenuous, for a world infatuated with zombies that are relentless in trying to kill you to not find any terror in people who are relentless in trying to kill themselves.
In case you haven’t heard, I’m pleased and proud to announce Boston’s first Ruby conference, Wicked Good Ruby Conf, will be taking place this fall, October 12–13.
We’ve already got a stellar lineup of speakers (Sandi Metz, Foy Savas, Matt Aimonetti, and others), and we’re looking to add more. 12 more, in fact, as we’ve recently added a second track to the conference.
Are you new to speaking? An old pro? We want anyone and everyone who has something to say to send in a talk proposal. The RFP ends this Friday, so this is your last chance to speak in front of 300 attendees at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center.